Library News: Holiday events for all ages coming to the library

Make a light-up graham cracker house
Join Eric Ose the Robot Ambassador for maker activities from 5-7 p.m. the first Tuesday every month. The program is STEAM focused with electronics, robotics, arts/crafts, science and more. This is a HeatSync Labs outreach event.
The Dec. 6 project is a light-up graham cracker house. Use graham crackers, royal frosting, LEDs, gum drops and other candies for decorations. Use a basic light-sensing circuit to turn the lights on when it gets dark.
This event is appropriate for kids ages 8 and up and adults.

Honor cultural traditions with heritage ornaments
Adults 17 and older may participate in this session that helps participants learn about the history and cultural traditions behind holiday ornaments.
Then participants can get crafty and make his or her own ornaments to take home.
Two sessions will take place: 1-2 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Erma Bombeck Room.
This is a free program with limited materials for adults and teens. Tickets for seats and craft kits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 20 minutes before the program starts.
Additional attendees (up to room capacity) may stay to watch the process and gain tips for recreating the craft at home.
Registration is required for those participating in the crafts. The registration deadline was Dec. 4. To check on space availability, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Teen social to feature hot cocoa, holiday movie

Young adults ages 12-18 are invited to attend a teen social from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12.
While there, they can enjoy a holiday movie, make a gift for the book-lover on his or her list or bring gifts to wrap with the library’s complimentary gift wrap while enjoying hot cocoa.
Drop-ins are welcome. The movie will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room.
All supplies are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Queen Creek Branch Library.

Escape the Library tests deductive skills Tuesdays

There is an “escape room” at the library and it’s free to participate. Separate events are scheduled this month for ages 18 and older and for groups of family members and friends.
Sessions for adults will be offered at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 and 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 20. Three sessions for families/groups will take place on Dec. 27. These will be held at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. These sessions for all ages but adults must attend with children.
Registration is required in-person or by phone by calling 602-652-3000.
All will take place in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room. Each session will accommodate three to 10 people, who will have 45 minutes to escape.
Registration is required in person or by calling 602-652-3000.

Holiday-themed events offered just for kids
Queen Creek Branch Library is offering two holiday-themed activities for youngsters. Both will take place in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room.
The first is Holiday Play Day for toddlers and pre-schoolers. It will take place 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.
Adults can take a break from holiday hectic to explore their sense of play this holiday. Several holiday-themed sensory stations will offer opportunities for them and their child to explore and learn together while taking time to play this holiday season.
The second is Drop-In Holiday Crafts for kids ages 7-12. It will take place 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Make-it-yourself just in time for the holidays. Kids can choose from a selection of three to four crafts and take their creation home to wrap up. Registration is not required; however, attendees should drop in no later than 5:15 p.m. to be able to make a craft.

Gift-wrapping spot offered, no peeking allowed
Adults who need a spot away from kids and other gift recipients can bring up to five items to gift-wrap to the library between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. The library will supply the wrapping paper, ribbons, gift tags, tape and scissors, while supplies last.
This will take place in the library conference room.

December book discussion to feature Orwell’s ‘1984’
Join a discussion of short classic titles at the library. The Queen Creek Branch Library Book Discussion meets from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room.
The book for Dec. 15 is “1984” by George Orwell. Registration is  requested by 3 p.m. Dec. 15; call 602-652-3000 or go to www.mcldaz.org.
Attendees wishing to cancel must do so at least 24 hours prior to the event to enable those on the waiting list to attend.

Get crafty while staying relaxed with Zenbroidery
Adults ages 18 and older are invited to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season with Zenbroidery. This crafting event will take place 1-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room.
Combine soothing mandalas with the creativity of embroidery. No prior sewing experience is required.
This is a free program with limited materials for adults and teens. Tickets for seats and craft kits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 20 minutes before the program starts. Additional attendees (up to room capacity) may stay to watch the process and gain tips for recreating the craft at home.

Library to close for holidays

The Queen Creek branch Library will be closed for the holidays starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, and continuing through Monday, Dec. 26. It will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Code club for adults
Come join code club. The club meets once a week and sharpens minds by solving computer programming puzzles.
The code club is held at 6 p.m. every Wednesday.
Show kids or grandkids what a person can make with “code.” No experience required. Come and go as you can, and keep working at home to skills further Opportunities to collaborate with classmates. Appropriate for ages 18 and older.
Bring earbuds or headphones for easier listening to videos and sound effects. Registration is requested, but walk-ins will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Paws 2 Read
Children ages 5 and older can sign up for Paws 2 Read and read a book to a special library dog who loves stories 10:30 a.m.-noon on the fourth Saturday of every month. Students must sign up for a 15-minute time slot on the day of the event at the main desk.
Paws 2 Read allows children to read to certified therapy animals, teaching the children patience, confidence and reading skills in a fun, interactive and non-judgmental environment.

Media Monday
This storytime is designed specifically to introduce new media to children ages 2-5 and their caregiver. Come ready to sing, move, listen and play along with the children) in this special program focused on developing a healthy media diet. This event is at 11:15 a.m. on the third Monday of the month.
Let’s discuss non-fiction

Join a discussion of short non-fiction classic titles at the library.
The Queen Creek Branch Library Non-Fiction Book Discussion meets on the third Thursday of every month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. To register, visit the Queen Creek branch page at www.mcldaz.org.
Upcoming titles are listed on the library’s online calendar so readers can plan ahead.

4 o’clock fairy tales

Take a half-hour after-school break and listen to fairy and folk tales, familiar and unusual, from around the world with storyteller Elizabeth Matson.
For school-age to adult. No need to register; just come in and let your imagination roam in the world of story.
The event is at 4 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.

Teen tech experts
Let library teen tech experts help answer tech questions from 6-7:30 p.m. on Mondays  and 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. They can help with library downloadable materials, e-mail accounts, smart phones and tablets, social network accounts and MS Office applications.
Drop in with questions and/or a device.

Busy hands knit
Library guests can attend a knitting and crocheting group at 9 a.m. every Thursday in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room.
Participants stitch for charities such as Wounded Warrior and Cardon Children’s Hospital and work on personal projects.
For more details, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Toddler Time
Toddler Time is held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This story time is designed specifically for children ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.
Come ready to sing, move, listen and play along in this age appropriate program focused on their unique developmental stage.
Tickets will be available in the library beginning at 11:15 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be limited to 50 total participants. For more information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Baby Steps
Baby Steps is held throughout the month 9:30-10 a.m., on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and is for kids ages 0-20 months with parent or caregiver.
Join in for stories, finger plays and movement activities, brain-development activities, structured play and social time. One child per lap (unless twins or triplets). Note: Tuesday’s Baby Steps is a duplicate of Wednesday’s Baby Steps.
For more information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Preschool story time
This story time is designed specifically for children ages 18 to 36 months and their caregiver. Come ready to sing, move, listen and play along with the toddler in this age-appropriate program focused on their unique developmental stage.
Tickets will be available in the library beginning at 11:15 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be limited to 50 total participants.
Preschool story time is at 11:15 am every Tuesday and Wednesday

Book Bunch plus Munch
Queen Creek library’s book club for middle school and junior high students, grades fifth through eighth, meets 4-5 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Join for snacks and book talks about the Grand Canyon Award nominees. Available in book and e-audio book formats. Copies of the book are available to check out at the desk. Registration is required. Book Bunch plus Munch will meet in the Mary Lou Fulton Story Time Room.
For more information, call  602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

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